Plans for a new £47 million Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Scarborough Hospital, part of York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, have received formal approval.
According to the trust, the new build will provide ‘much needed’ extra space for Scarborough’s Emergency Department, where attendances have increased at a rate of around 5%, year on year, for over a decade.
The project will include a new integrated critical care floor for intensive and coronary care, as well as a dedicated diagnostic zone providing CT scans, general X-rays and ultrasound.
Additionally, a two-storey new build will combine and expand the current emergency department, same day emergency care and the acute medical unit to ensure the most ill patients in hospital are cared for in one integrated clinical ward environment, rather than being moved to another ward.
Also working to address essential site-wide engineering infrastructure, the planned development will bring ‘huge’ improvements to the building’s electrical, ventilation and drainage systems.
Within the York and Scarborough statement, the Trust highlights the new Care Centre will mean patients from ‘minor to complex’ needs will be treated by one healthcare care team in a safe and timely manor.
Simon Morritt, Chief Executive, York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, commented on the new plans: “This development is extremely good news for our staff and for the community that Scarborough Hospital serves.
“It will move us forward significantly in the delivery of urgent and emergency services that are fit for purpose and of a quality that our staff, and our communities on the East Coast, can be rightly proud. It is the largest capital scheme ever undertaken by this trust, and demonstrates our commitment to the long-term future of Scarborough Hospital.”